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Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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823 Ratings
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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 27
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003)
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Photo of gimmehead


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange yellow, big fluffy white head

Smell: yeasty banana, some clove spiciness

Taste: spicy clove, yeasty bready earthy, orange peel and subtle wheat

Mouthfeel: medium thin, lots of carbonation; dry finish

Drinkability: easily drinkable and very refreshing, maybe a bit lacking in overall character

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 01:49:25 | More by gimmehead
Photo of BeerFink


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy banana yellow / pale gold color with a crisp white head. Aroma is fruity (especially bananas) with some spice and a little yeastiness to it, as well as citrous notes. The taste is big yet light and creamy. The dominating taste is yeast and wheat, but it is not overdone. On the contrary, the fruity taste is wonderfully balanced by clove, coriander, and orange peel, with a slight dryness. There is even a hint of hops near the finish, helping this witbier to stand out in a crowd. Mouthfeel is light and malty smooth, slightly dry. A slightly bitter (part hops, part lemons) aftertaste leaves you longing for another sip with a pleasant dryness. Although not my favorite GLBC offering, definitely the best tasting and most drinkable witbier I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 00:31:19 | More by BeerFink
Photo of crookedhalo


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a best before dating of Jul 12 2005. Pours a hazed pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that dissipates into a thin sheeting of foam. Lightly perfumy in the aroma, my guess is that it is the chamomile. Other typical witbier aromas of unmalted wheat, coriander and orange zest are evident. Lightly sweet, spritzy and a good witbier. The chamomile definitely shows up it the taste with a light tea-like feel. Very flowery. Hop bite is light, but present. A friend brought me back a few beers after touring the brewery and he told me they serve it with an orange wedge in the tasting room. I think it's a mighty fine example of a witbier without it. The addition of chamomile is certainly an interesting twist, as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 08:02:57 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of foXXtail


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel lucky to live in Cleveland with the GLBC. As good as their regular offerings are, their seasonals are really where they shine, and this beer is a prime example of that.

This beer pours a hazy pale gold with a wonderful fluffy white head. The slowly rising bubbles both speak for the beer’s mouthfeel and replenish the head throughout drinking. The smell has heavy notes of clove and chamomile with coriander spice taking up the rear.

The taste promised by the nose is not disappointing. Overall, it is quite yeasty, with a hoppy bite at the sides of the tongue. Smoke, vanilla and orange are also present, and support the breadiness of the beer nicely. All the flavors hit more strongly then other offerings of the style (such as Hoegaarden) - this is not a shy beer at all. The mouthfeel is superb – smooth and velvety that slides down the throat. With just a bit more effervescence would be a 5.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2005 22:21:48 | More by foXXtail
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured hazy pale medium straw with a moussy white head that fell persistently to lace the glass.

The aroma was coriander and bitter orange peel with a soft wheat backbone.

The flavor was soft wheat with a muted citrusy and spicy flavor and a nice subtle sweetness that is balanced by the bitterness of the dried orange peel.

The finish was dry with lasting subtle orange and coriander spice. The body was medium. A very refreshing beer. Not as interesting in the flavor as it is in the aroma.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 22:32:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label Lore: Handcrafted Belgian styled ale with Spices and Camomile. Gold Medal winner, followed by a history of Moses Cleveland and a Belgian Wheat story and ingredients consisting of the big four: W,M,H,& Y.

Hazy light straw glowing pour under a snow white tight fizzy thin cap into a Hennepin tulip. It seemed apropos for the style. Foamy ring retention.

Middle musty attic and cloves in the nose, that is acquired to be inviting. Lemons in the afterscents.

First Swigs: Delicate clove coriander Belgian. Almost a brackish salt water taffy flavor even. The softest flavor and feel that I’ve ever detected. Yeasty spicey eggshell walker. Longing aftertaste of lemony leaf easiness. This is a wit with dignity.

Lightest feel. Delicate foamy sipper. An excellent drinker.

Last Swigs: Mature wit with character. Special t’anx to BuckEyeNation for the trade as a special extra. A lighter than air Belg Pale with the feel of coriander, bananas and lemon meringue. Extremely refined. Never thought of this as a Wit but it is. Albeit one dimensional, but not at all to a flaw. Another bottle must be gotten.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 04:22:55 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of putnam


4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright, blurry yellow with a snowy, clingy top.
An admirable balance of coriander and citrus peel aroma rises from the bowl. New leather, cracked, curdled wheat and dried herbs are also buried within. A beautiful, caky texture is supported by pointed gas. Sturdy bitterness shapes the teasing impressions of lemon and orange on the palate. The effect is very dry. Smoking, charred orange peel and tangy, herbal incense rise from the lingering finish.

This is everything an American Craft interpretation of this style should be. It is more bitter than most Belgian Wits, but true to the original mission: dry drinkability. I am grateful they didn't design this to be sweet and heavy like so many other New World renditions can be.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 18:49:23 | More by putnam
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Medium bodied. Nose has a very slight maltiness. Medium carbonation. Layer of yeast at bottom of glass. Starts and finishes sweet, hops stay mainly in the background. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 23:05:34 | More by jdhilt
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off with a great big WOW. I'm not usually a fan of witbeir. I've never liked the standard wit strange finish that's so hard to explain. Frankly I figured I was in for the same here, when my wife picked this one out for me for the cool name and label. Damn I was wrong, this was a fine beer!

The pour was a standard wit, light yellow with a one finger head that slowly dissapated and left a thick white foam on top of the beer.

The smell was a mix of malt sweetness with a heavy lemon overtone.

The drink started with a quick bite of carbonation followed by a malt/fruit sweetness. The finish was where this one took off. Get this, a kick of hops in a witbeir.

If this had been my first wit I might have fallen in love with the style. This would be a great beer with chicken or just sitting around with friends. Thanks Jen, I really liked this one and I'll try to find it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 04:18:12 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of karengarys


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours very light orangish with a hint of green. Some light fluffy head on the edges, and it laces just a bit. There is a bit of setiment on the bottom of the bottle, which I swirl and add to the glass. The addition is cloudy, but not ugly nor clumpy. It is very smooth. Viewing this brew is looking at character.

Smells good, of sweet bananas and bread.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. It lasts through the finish.

This is a real attractive taste. Bread. Grass. Citrus rind. Really drinkable.

The finish is full and rich. It ends with a hint of orange. As the last drop is dispappearing there is a hoppy bitter edge, maybe just a slight hint of pine, that to me clashes a bit (which is why I dropped the rating to 3.5, otherwise it would teeter between 4 and 4.5). I don't really expect that for the style - but I may be wrong on the comparison. Judge for yourself - if you like the hop bite, you will LOVE this beverage.

This is one brew that really offers a lot. I recommend trying it if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2004 23:08:24 | More by karengarys
Photo of BarrelBrother


2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First impression when pouring this beer is "thin" compared to other summer wheat beers. Smell has some interesting floral aromas, but again faint and not attention grabbing.

Taste was interesting in some ways, but again "thin" and with a grainy mouthfeel. Very lacking when compared to one of my favorites, Oberon from Bell's Brewing in Kalamazoo, MI. I had 3 bottles from the 6 pack and gave the others away. Usually I love Great Lakes Brewing offerings (Edmund Fitzgerald, Elliot Ness) but this one left me unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 05:19:57 | More by BarrelBrother
Photo of mobyfann


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.59 for a single...

This beer purs a hazy golden base with a fluffy white medium sized head with nice retention and a nice lacing effect with it. Quite nice. The aroma is a little lax; a few hints of lemon and spiced touches.

The taste is light and refreshing, a not so complex beer for GLBC but it works well as a Witbier. The mouthfeel is pleasing to the palette, nothing more needed here. The drinkability is outstanding, never a 5.4% beer was so light and refreshing, this would make a nice session beer...

Final Thought: Doesn't really feel like a GLBC byproduct due to the fact that the taste isn't defined like their others... still a nice showing nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 04:21:29 | More by mobyfann
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Significantly cloudy lemon-gold with quite a bit of fine, suspended yeast. The head is on the large side of average, is slightly darker than pure white and is moderately firm. It doesn't seem as sticky as the heads on most other Great Lakes beer and doesn't persist nearly as long. Underwhelming lace, but not a bad look overall.

The nose is of untoasted grain, citrus fruit peel and spice. One large mouthful tells me that this is a great summer beer with loads of palate-saturating flavor. Like the nose, it's equal parts wheat malt, orange peel and coriander. In other words, a classic witbier.

This is one of those beers whose whole is superior to the sum of its parts, even though the parts are pretty damn good on their own. Not one of the three major flavors steps out of line to dominate at any point along the flavor arc. Holy Moses is a veritable symphony of a witbier and is some kind of delicous.

The body/mouthfeel isn't the the usual Great Lakes body/mouthfeel. That is, medium-full at a minimum. That wouldn't fit the style or the purpose at all. In fact, the mouthfeel is just right for a summer quaffer. It's expansive enough to give definition and dimension, but light and airy enough to go down ridiculously easily on a warm summer day.

I must admit, I wasn't blown out of the water after looking at and smelling this beer. From then on though, look out! Holy Moses is, without question, my favorite witbier and is possibly my favorite summer seasonal as well. Great Lakes Brewing Company continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 20:38:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BierReise


3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle Aug 20, 2004 Poured aslightly hazy gold color with a fluffy head that laces slightly. Aroma is a mix of yeastiness and spices. Quite peppery. Body is a bit thin. Flavor is thin also, slightly watery, some citrus but not fresh tasting. Overall this needs some work.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 04:06:07 | More by BierReise
Photo of chilidog


4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Holy Moses!! Parts the waters to a good beer. It pours a hazy pale yellow with a nice white head thats fair on its lace. The aroma is great for this well balanced, moderatly carbonated wit. Your greeted on the nose by citric spice & the zest of lemon. The taste carries that bold citric zest with a touch of corriander and light wheat. The finish is slight bitter dry, leaving a refreshing mouthfeel. A very drinkable summer wit and another great offering from a Great Lake brewer!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 00:04:35 | More by chilidog
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light yellowish color, under a big, snow-white head, the perfect picture of a witbier, really.
Aroma, ahhhh!, light, citric, but spicey as all-get-out, zesty, uplifting...ni-i-ice!
Taste: zing-a-zing-ahhhh!, as the Spice Girls would say...refreshing, slightly citrus, but so delicious, and easy to toss back...spicy and light citric flavor sendure on the palate, and remain on the tongue, very appreciated. Really remains, and that's a good thing, y'all.
Wow, very distinct, very delcious!
Matches admirably against all the best witbiers I've ever had...good job, Great Lakes! Yum!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 07:58:56 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of frazbri


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pale yellow with a slight haze. Billowing white head with fair lacing. Beautiful floral aroma with little citus twist. Light body, bright with cabonation. Tastes of corriander and citrus zest with just a bit of bitterness in the finish.

This is a nice summer beer. This is one wit I search out every summer. Tasty and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 23:54:36 | More by frazbri
Photo of Winter


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden in color with a surface-thin bubbly white head. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp. Aroma consists of coriander, yeast and slight wheat malt. I can almost detect the chamomile in the nose. But it would be pretty discreet, if it wasn't mentioned on the label. So maybe I'm imagining it. Still it gives this wit a unique aroma. Initial taste of wheat malt, lemony citrus, and spice. Yeast and coriander make a strong appearance towards the back. Finish is dry with a some fruitiness to it. This is a decent witbier that serves as a fine summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 04:36:56 | More by Winter
Photo of aracauna


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a cloudy yellow with a great white head. The spicing is excellent. The coriander and orange peel brighten up the light wheatiness making for a very refreshing witbier. One of the better American takes on the style. I was highly impressed with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2004 06:54:39 | More by aracauna
Photo of Mitchster


4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

5.4% ABV. Brewed with Belgian Pilsner malt (new website says Harrington 2-row), raw wheat and oats, orange peel, coriander seed, and chamomile flowers.

5.4% ABV, 20 IBU, OG=13P.

Pours out to a beautifully glowing, milky hazy straw, forming a small white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium. Aroma is very fragrant and interesting...the coriander and orange peel are perfectly displayed here with exquisite balance..the chamomile is evident as a floral perfume, but is not really discernable and I wouldn't be able to pick it out if it weren't listed as an ingredient. This beer smells absolutely wonderful..with a light touch of funky cheesiness I appreciate in a well-crafted brew in this style. I could breath in these aromas all day long. Mouthfeel is tart and stingy (don't drink this with chapped lips), and a medium-light body. Taste is out of this world. Potent coriander, orange peel, and chamomile balanced oh so well against the crisp wheat and pale malt body...the spicy touch of medium-light floral bitterness in the finish is exquisite. The finish is bone dry, making the mouth tacky. The bitterness is a bit more intense than other wits, but really adds a wonderful complexity to this already wonderful brew.

Wow. Exceptional for the style, wonderfully complex, while retaining all the characteristics of a great wit and maintaining an amazing drinkability. This is an exceptional beer brewed by an awesome brewery. I don't want this beer to end. Simply amazed.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 01:36:31 | More by Mitchster
Photo of lampkins


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the pour I was salivating over this brew. It pured a hazy orange and a whip cream like head on my glass gave the impression that I was in for a real treat. Smell reminded me of orange jam on some white toast.

Taste - this is where I was left dissapointed, it really did not taste like a wit beer, but more like a hefe weiss minus the yeasty spiceness often accompanied with this brew. My first bad beer from Great Lakes. Not the worst, but it is not there best beer by far.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 10:47:08 | More by lampkins
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow in color with a scant little head.

S: Malty, faintly yeasty smell with some hints of a lemony citrus smell once this beer warms up some.

T: Initial taste is a burst of a sweet malty taste that gives way to a slightly bitter hop taste. Hints of a banana smell and fresh baked bread.

M: Super smooth, not dry feeling at all. Alcohol and carbonation levels are very well done.

D&N: Unreal. This is a very well crafted beer by a brewery that (for me, at least) can do no wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2004 07:36:52 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of cokes


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sunshine. Staw-colored, with a big sticky poof of whiteness on top.
Lemongrass aromas sprinkled with leafy coriander, and generalized wheatiness.
Begins with a doughball wheat sensation. Not as dry, off the bat, as I am accustomed to a witbier being. It does parch out seconds later, with flatbread pils malt traits. Spicing is prototypic. Orange zest and coriander; all seemingly muffled by the heavy, soggy, pushy wheat hues (think: Spiced American Wheat). Herbal hop conclusion is conjoined and possibly bolstered with citrus, either from the continuation of the spicing or possibly the inclusion of some Amerihops.
The medium body is cushioned and soft. Perhaps overly so. It lacks a bit of finesse and brightness. Though its rotundity is somewhat alluring.
It remains a decent version and I sure wouldn't turn one (or 6) down on a sultry day. No sir.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 23:47:20 | More by cokes
Photo of Afterburner


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color with slight haze from yeast. Small but persistent white head.

Smell: Predominantly orange, with notes of pine, orange peel, and faint licorice.

Taste: Tangy at first, almost like lemonade. Mid-palate displays the hops, some cloves, and some orange character. Finish pulls out more hops, and a character reminiscent of rye bread with caraway seeds. The hops really dominate this brew, as they do with most of GLBC's beers that I've tried.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light- and medium-bodied, with moderate bead.

Drinkability: I just wasn't excited about this beer. It's not a bad beer, but there are certainly more interesting examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 03:10:30 | More by Afterburner
Photo of Ahhdball


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this selection for the first time at the best place to have it for the first time; GLBC!
Cloudy gold with a giant white foam cap lthat left great lacing down the sides.
Floral tones and citrus highlights awaken the senses. A gentle hint vanilla concludes the whif.
Fruity with spices (chamomille, ginger...maybe) this Belgian beauty is fantastic and finished slightly hoppy.
A great summer ale. Crisp, refreshing, and clean!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2004 01:29:00 | More by Ahhdball
Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.